Michael Jackson returned to the airwaves on Monday with a new song - the first from an upcoming musical documentary featuring the troubled superstar.

It is the first new material by Jackson to be released since his sudden death in Los Angeles on June 25.

Jackson sounded confident and almost playful on “This is It”, which features his trademark breathy vocal style, perfected over the years since he was a child sensation with the Jackson Five.

He is backed by lush vocals from his brothers, giving the recording a nostalgic, familiar feel.

It is a mid-tempo number with orchestral backing that is played during the closing sequences of the documentary, which opens on October 28 for a limited two-week run. It features rehearsal footage shot shortly before Jackson’s death.

“This is it”, goes one verse on the new song. “Here I stand. The light of the world. I feel grand.”

The song is available on Jackson’s official website and will also be sent to radio outlets.

The documentary, also called This is It features footage of Jackson rehearsing for his planned London concerts, which were to mark his return to the stage after a lengthy absence caused in part by a series of legal and personal problems.

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